VIRGINIA ON STAGE: It’s the gift that just keeps giving.
Yes, Virginia — the famous holiday tradition based on an editorial in the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 — has already spawned a musical and countless holiday cards. And on Dec. 14, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will perform the world concert premiere of Macy’s “Yes, Virginia” in Concert at the Cincinnati Music Hall. The family-friendly performance is being developed and presented by Macy’s and is an adaptation of the “Yes, Virginia The Musical” created by the department store last year as part of its annual holiday campaign.
“This has been an amazing and unique holiday journey,” said William Schermerhorn, vice president and creative director of Macy’s Parade and Entertainment Group. “Virginia’s story first came alive musically through the Emmy Award-winning song ‘Yes, Virginia (There’s a Santa Claus)’ which was featured in the 84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and ‘Yes, Virginia’ animated special. For the 2012 holiday season, we adapted the song for the marionette show and school musical program, and this coming December, …these fully-orchestrated songs [will be] performed by the Cincinnati Pops in this festive and heartwarming new concert version.”
The show will feature Broadway veterans Liz Callaway and Norm Lewis in the lead roles of the semi-staged musical adaptation of the show, along with Gracie Alexander, who will play the role of eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon. Other local performers will also be featured, including a youth chorus.